The InterExchange Work & Travel Ireland program is a chance for U.S. citizens to explore Ireland more deeply than a tourist and earn money from seasonal work along the way. The program is geared towards those seeking more independence and less structure, but with a leg-up in the job search and transitional support in the background. Explore beautiful Ireland for a few months or up to a full year!
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Arrival and Orientation
Arrive in Dublin with included arrival accommodation at a hostel and an orientation session within your first few days in the country. The orientation will cover logistics, safety, jobs resources, and more, and of course you’ll have the chance to hang out afterwards and mingle. You’re welcome to drop by the hosting center before your orientation date (and any time during your program) to connect with the friendly staff about your work and travel goals.
Dublin, Galway, and Cork may be the most obvious options for finding work. Wherever you put down your roots, you’ll want to get out and explore between jobs and you’ll have plenty of flexibility to do so. Discover the lanes of Kilkenny or lesser-known fishing villages, marvel at the coastal beauty on the Ring of Kerry, or even plan a trip to the European mainland. Ask us for suggestions!
A Working Holiday is an opportunity to try new things, make new friends, and explore another country. The work you take on might not be specific to your career (though you are welcome and encouraged to pursue such work). It’s a chance to help fund your travels, usually with seasonal jobs such as working at a hotel, restaurant, or bar, or other positions related to the tourism sector. Temporary office work and other jobs are possible as well.
The minimum wage in Ireland is currently €9.25/hour and many participants earn between €10 and €16/hour. It is generally possible to cover your in-country expenses, though it’s important to have some savings and realize that you may not find work immediately (and there could be gaps between jobs if you’re staying for a longer stretch).
Dublin, Cork, and Galway are the most popular destinations for participants but you’re welcome to explore any and all of the Republic of Ireland’s 26 counties!
InterExchange commits to quick response times and providing personal attention to all applicants. If you have any questions as you consider applying or leading up to your program, we are always happy to help. Feel free to email us or give us a call at 1.800.597.3675 - we look forward to hearing from you!
Upon arrival, you’ll have one, three, or five nights of accommodation in Dublin depending on your preference. In addition to your orientation meeting in Dublin, you will also have unlimited access to our partner's hosting and resource center throughout your time on the program, including internet and printer access. Friendly staff are available for a CV review and advice regarding your work goals. You will receive a Work & Travel Ireland handbook as well as an Irish SIM card with a local phone number, and you’ll have access to social events and social media groups.
InterExchange remains available once your program ends. Join our events, apply for our Alumni Grant, link up with Exchange Visitors on our Language Partner Program, and enjoy postings on jobs and other resources in our alumni groups and newsletters!
Applicants must be U.S. citizens age 18-and-up and current or recent students.
To meet the student status requirement you must either be a current student of an accredited U.S. college or university program of three or more years, or a graduate within the past 12 months. Current students must have completed at least one full-time semester of a program in order to be eligible.
Dates and Deadlines
There are no specific program dates and you can choose when you’d like to arrive for either visa length. You will either apply for a five-month or 12-month program and may stay for this whole period or any portion of it. We recommend staying for as much of your visa eligibility length as possible. We recommend enrolling three months prior to your desired start date.
U.S. citizens have two options for working holidays in Ireland: 5-month or 12-month programs.
With the five-month working holiday (the more popular option), our Irish partner has the ability to provide your work authorization directly, with no need to lodge or pay for an application at an Irish consulate. The cost of this is already reflected in our program fees above. You won't have as much time in Ireland but if you are unable to stay for longer than five months, this option is a better fit for you, and less expensive. NOTE: With the five-month option, you will be able to work for up to four months, with one extra month for optional travel.
The benefit of a 12-month working holiday is more time to explore Ireland, of course. However, it requires that you lodge an application with the appropriate Irish consulate in the U.S. InterExchange can help with general guidance in this process, but you will need to apply and pay around $360.
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